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2004 Torbreck - Grenache Les Amis

AUSTRALIA / SOUTH AUSTRALIA /
abv 14.5%
  • 98 WA
  • Variety
    Grenache
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SKU: 91537-2004-1500-3A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    The brilliant 2004 Les Amis (100% Grenache aged 18 months in new oak) is fashioned from a vineyard planted in 1903. While it does not have quite the size and power of the 2002 Les Amis, it is still a Grenache on steroids. With wonderful purity, more elegance than the 2002, and remarkably well-integrated oak, I suspect it will shut down at some point, require 4-5 years of patience, then re-emerge and last for two decades or more.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Saturday, November 20, 2010 - I really think Dave Powell is perhaps the greatest winemaker we've tasted in our lives. Every bottle he makes is rich, layered, and incredibly smooth and balanced. The 2004 Les Amis is a great example of this. The nose was beautiful blend of dark raspberry, sweet strawberries, and a hint of toasty oak. The body was opulent but not overly sweet with layers of silky dark fruits, rhubarb, and vanilla. The finish was an extraordinary 60+ seconds. We had this with clam chowder, Rob's homemade rubbed ribs, and Belgian mussels. A really amazing meal shared with family. Doesn't get much better than this.
    Author: TMac
Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. Although located in Australia's Barossa Valley, the name comes from a forest in Scotland where Powell previously worked as a lumberjack before becoming a winemaker. Torbreck's production is centered around the classic Barossa Valley varieties of Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro (Mourvedre), and the winemaking philosophy is based on David's love for the wines of France's Rhone Valley. Along with many intensely flavored red wines blended from old-vine Shiraz and Grenache, Torbreck also produces white wines from Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne.
More than half of all Australian wine production takes place in the South Australia region—home to the Shiraz-specializing Barossa Valley as well as revered Riesling zones Clare Valley and Eden Valley. South Australia is too large and diverse to generalize about climate or topography, with both cooler coastal areas and warmer inland sections—but rainfall is generally low throughout and drought is a constant concern. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 163 bottles owned
  • 46 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 98
    (Out of 46 collectors)